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At first sight it looks a brilliant stroke by Theresa May.
Writing in the Left-wing Observer newspaper, she launched a direct appeal to disillusioned Labour voters.
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Her Tory Party, claims the Prime Minister, is the natural home for traditional Labour supporters horrified by Jeremy Corbyn’s lurch to the Left.
‘I want voters who may previously have thought of themselves as Labour supporters to look at my government afresh,’ wrote Mrs May.
How fascinating. How audacious. And how very revealing.
First and foremost, this latest manoeuvre is an indication that Mrs May is preparing for the possibility of having to fight an emergency general election in just a few weeks’ time.
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The Prime Minister still thinks she is on the verge of striking a Brexit deal with Brussels. This could, believes Mrs May, be in place in time for the European summit being held in nine days, although it may have to wait until November.
However, the Prime Minister’s great fear is that her master plan will then be voted down in the House of Commons by a combination of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP and Tory Brexiteers who are unwilling to compromise in their pursuit of a clean break from the EU.
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Were that to happen, I understand from a senior source within Number 10 that Mrs May intends to break the constitutional deadlock by calling a general election.
This is why she is aiming to portray herself as Mrs Moderate – the only sensible alternative between Jeremy Corbyn’s hard-Left Labour Party and the hard Brexiteers in her own party.
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It is a strategy, as Mrs May well knows, which was used brilliantly by Tony Blair against John Major’s failing Tories in 1997.
Blair deliberately positioned New Labour as the halfway house between the rancid Tory Right on one side and the unions and Labour’s hard-Left on the other.
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